Carrot Fennel Mystery Soup


The mystery here is all the yummy goodies hidden in the soup. I cook for a lot of picky eaters and they've never been the wiser; they love this soup! I'm sure you can add other things as well; be creative! Use an apple in place of the pear, if you wish.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
8 servings


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 ½ tablespoons fennel seed

  • 1 ½ pounds carrots, peeled and diced

  • 1 pear - peeled, cored, and diced

  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed

  • 1 small russet potato, peeled and cubed

  • ½ cup sliced fresh mushrooms

  • ½ teaspoon curry powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 3 (14 ounce) cans vegetable broth

  • 2 tablespoons uncooked brown rice

  • 1 tablespoon flax seed

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Lightly toast the fennel seed in the hot oil until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the carrots, pear, sweet potato, russet potato, mushrooms, curry powder, and turmeric to the fennel seed; cook and stir until everything is evenly coated in oil, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour the vegetable broth over the mixture. Stir the rice, flax seed, bay leaves, and parsley into the broth; bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the rice and vegetables are very tender, about 30 minutes.

  2. Pour the soup into a blender, filling the pitcher no more than halfway. Hold the lid of the blender in place with a towel and carefully start the blender, using a few quick pulses to get the mixture moving before leaving it on to puree. Puree in batches until smooth and pour into a clean pot and return to heat.

  3. Stir the lemon juice and white pepper into the mixture; cook until thoroughly reheated, about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

181 Calories
6g Fat
29g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 181
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Sodium 384mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 12mg 62%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 567mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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